Bob beckons

I feel very privileged that Robert Beaver agreed to join the cast of In Our Hands. His story really fascinates me, as it represents a massive and important part of our dance history. In a culture of chasing the cutting edge, the contemporary, the forefront, the ‘what’s next’, there seems no time to look back,…

wearable art

We are very lucky in this project to be collaborating with some extraordinary NSW based artists from all disciplines. Here’s the Waste Not red carpet list! Omer Backley Astrachan Choreographer Margot Politis Choreographer Diane Busuttil Choreographer Imogen Cranna Digital Artist David Capra Visual Artist  James Paul Vocal Director Maylei Hunt Photographer/ Image Design Rodney Bertram…

dance and the environment

I was recently asked by an elderly man who was participating in one of Waste Not’s open community workshops ‘So what has dance got to do with the environment?’ A fair question. I can’t remember my exact response to the gentlemen, one thing I did mention was that the beauty of contemporary dance is that it is…

Young people singing for change

  Waste Not is all about engaging the community with creative activities that have environmental awareness at their core. We are already working with numerous community groups on the various cross art form outcomes for the one day festival, but we also recently held vocal workshops as part of the The Joan’s school holiday workshop…

Never too old to dance

Agile Not Fragile from kay armstrong on Vimeo. Agile Not Fragile is Penrith’s over 55’s contemporary dance company. They are based in Penrith and have a weekly practice and often create short works that are performed at various community events in and around Western Sydney. The company are collaborating with me currently as part of…

#ihaveenough

Bit of a confession here. I was recently was in a bit of a funk. My “go to” remedy for these states of anxiety is to partake in retail therapy. Which I did. But as I was admiring the piece of el cheapo clothing on the hanger and about to take it up to the…

Waste Not: a teaser

  [Feature pic by Kay: Agile Not Fragile / rehearsals for In Our Hands]     Waste Not teaser from kay armstrong on Vimeo.   There is nothing more gratifying than to have dancers that you are working with begin to invest in the work that you are creating with them. This is why I…

dancing in the streets

I get to work with some incredible Penrith community members in the Waste Not project, not least of which are the fabulous dancers from Agile Not Fragile, Penrith’s very own contemporary dance company for over 55’s. We will get to meet and hear more about these guys along the way. But today we hit the streets…

countdown begins: landfill is filling up

I have been on board for this project in the role of Artistic Director for about three months, and while it is in its early stages I have had the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the concepts of recycling, reusing and reducing. I know that we can all get overloaded with information and…